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Step up and create a unique look

Why limit yourself to playing the old standards when you could write your own tune? Modern project home design now allows much greater flexibility to accommodate individual design choices for the home, including staircases.

No other element has the potential to make as grand a statement in a home as the central feature of a staircase. Staircases are often the first thing people notice when entering through the front door of a house and when well-designed can be stylish as well as practical.

There are a range of options available for stairs using materials including metal, timber, stone and glass. The right stair option to complement your home will depend on your lifestyle and furnishings. The stairs may be curved, flared, cut string (from the side you see the stair treads), cantilever, closed or boxed (from the side you see only the stair stringer).

Genneral Staircase is a prominent leader in the staircase and balustrading industry (since 1971) and is the largest manufacturer in Sydney, producing and installing staircases for new homes and renovations throughout New South Wales.

According to Genneral Staircase managing director, Glen Genner, no two staircases are the same. “We cater for all possibilities and expectations.”

“The average starting cost for an internal staircase is $3,500 with the overall cost dependent on the materials used and the design features,” said Glen. “Many of our customers now choose a mixture of materials for their staircases such as installing glass with timber and metal posts and handrail to create an impression of open space.”

stairs Beautiful timbers, ornate wrought iron, elegant brass, modern glass and sleek stainless steel, you are only limited by your imagination.

“If a customer wanted their staircase to be 100 per cent glass we could do it,” he said. “Every staircase can be truly individual.”

Glen said the most popular material used in a staircase would be pine or medium density fibre board (MDF). However there are many different timbers suitable for staircase construction such as Meranti (Maple), Victorian ash, Tasmanian oak, Brush box, Black butt, Kauri pine, Kalantas and gums. Recycled timbers can also be used.

When designing a staircase there are many components that make up the structure with each offering its own design possibilities.

  • Handrails – Timber or metal. Curved or straight, handrails finish off the look of your stairs as well as being a means of support.

  • Balusters – Timber, wrought iron or stainless steel. The closely-based supports for a railing can be square, chamfered (beveled edge), fluted or hand-turned.

  • Inserts – Stone or glass. Added to the step or rise to customise the look of the stairs and add grip to improve safety.

  • Post tops – Timber, brass, stainless steel or a combination. The first point of contact someone makes with a staircase comes in many shapes and sizes.

  • Newel posts – Timber or metal. An integral part of staircase design and construction used to support the staircase and balustrades in a range of styles.

  • Inlays – Timber or glass. Used in solid timber landings to add elegance to the design.

  • Fret designs – Timber. Decorative carved timber range that finishes the look of your cut string staircase.

“No job is too large or too small,” said Glen. “With our extensive range of beautiful timbers, ornate wrought iron, elegant brass, modern glass and sleek stainless steel you are only limited by your imagination.”

“We can also provide you with joinery, privacy screening, shutters, louvers, decks and pergolas, as well as external balcony rails, fences and mono string staircases.”

Genneral Staircase sources its materials from experienced suppliers and ensures that all of its products comply with the relevant Building Code of Australia regulations. All products produced and installed by Genneral Staircase are covered by a seven year warranty.

For more information call Home Option Gallery genstair_logo
on (02) 8860 9333 or see Staircases.